Newtown, Powys

town in Powys, Wales, UK

Newtown (Welsh: Y Drenewydd) is a new town in the county of Powys, Wales. Its population of 11,357 makes it the largest town in Powys. It lies on the River Severn in the historic county of Montgomeryshire.

Newtown
Bear Lanes shopping centre - geograph.org.uk - 1275031.jpg
Bear Lanes Shopping Centre, Newtown
Map of Powys, with a red dot showing the position of Newtown
Map of Powys, with a red dot showing the position of Newtown
Newtown
Location within Powys
Population11,357 (2011 census)
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWTOWN
Postcode districtSY16
Dialling code01686
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Powys
52°31′N 3°19′W / 52.51°N 3.31°W / 52.51; -3.31Coordinates: 52°31′N 3°19′W / 52.51°N 3.31°W / 52.51; -3.31

Newtown lies about 8 miles (13 km) from the border with England.

At the end of the 13th century, Edward I commissioned Roger de Montgomery to construct a centre for the hamlet of Llanfair-yng-Nghedewain. Situated near a River Severn ford below the Long Bridge and close to the church of St Mary in Bettws Cedewain gave Newtown its original Welsh name. The town grew in the 18th and 19th centuries around the textile and flannel industry, accompanied by the completion of the Montgomeryshire Canal. In 1838, the town saw Wales's first Chartist demonstration.

The town has a mainline railway station on the Cambrian Line between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth. Managed and served by Transport for Wales, trains run roughly two-hourly each way.

The town also has a semi-professional football club, Newtown AFC, who are currently members of the Welsh Premier League, and a rugby club, Newtown RFC.

Newtown is twinned with: